The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2017

UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture Director's Friday Message

UMassD Center for Portuguese Director's Friday Message (pdf)

UMassD Center for Portuguese Director's Friday Message
Our holiday postcard was a great success,
earning 7,000 Facebook likes!

Dartmouth, Friday, January 6, 2017 (7:00 pm EST)

Dear Friend of Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth and in our Commonwealth:

2017 greetings! Our holiday postcard was a great success, earning 7,000 Facebook likes! (See picture at the end of this text.) Thank you all so much for your support. Obrigado. It is evidence of the reach of our activities, well beyond the ivory-tower walls of the university.

This January, we are offering great deals on the sale of the sixty-five books published by the Center/Tagus Press. This is a time of financial need for us. To generate much-needed revenue for future publications and activities, we are offering a 30% discount on Tagus Press books until January 31, 2017, when ordered through New England University Press (UPNE) at To take advantage of this offer, please use discount code WWTPDE when placing your order. As writer and professor Rui Zink from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, who spent a semester with us a few years ago as the holder of the UMassD Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, once told me, our true friends buy our books; they do not expect them for free. As we say in Portuguese, Os amigos são para as ocasiões.

As a gesture of good will and commitment to local and global dissemination of open-access knowledge, we are making our signature publication, the journal Portugue se Literary & Cultural Studies, volumes 1-28 (1998-2015), available in open
access and for free-of-charge download at .

Please download and share as much as possible. Hundreds of authors from universities across the world generously published their peer-reviewed research with us, and their work is now freely available to all the interested local and global readers. Please help all of us working on behalf of Portuguese studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth — faculty, students, and administrators — to continue this herculean effort to benefit the open global society in which Portuguese

Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) now has as general editors Memory Holloway, Christopher Larkosh, and Mario Pereira (Editorial Board 2016: Ana Paula Ferreira, U of Minnesota; Cristiana Bastos, U of Lisbon; and Fernando Arenas, U of
Michigan). For 2018, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center's/Tagus Press publications (1998-2018), we are currently brainstorming ideas to take advantage of our rich past and launch innovative projects for the future.

PLCS 29. Fall 2016
The Eighteenth Century
Guest Editor: Bruno Carvalho, Princeton University
In very advanced stage of preparation. Full text ready for typesetting from the general editors and guest editor on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 12:30 PM. It will be in open access online for free download and in print by March 2017.
Abstract. Despite the general lack of the printing press and universities in its colonies, the Portuguese empire maintained a global reach throughout "the long eighteenth century." Challenging the notion of the Portuguese-speaking world as "backwards" or merely obscurantist during the period, this special issue aims to explore how the circulation of new forms of knowledge generated resistance as well as selective and creative appropriations. The geographer Charles Withers proposes that once we consider the European Enlightenment's concerns with pushing the boundaries of knowledge about the world, "the margin becomes the core." In broad strokes, we invite articles that seek to understand the Lusophone eighteenth century in transatlantic and hemispheric contexts, while shedding light on some of its specific dimensions. Can a closer look at Lusophone experiences and texts help us to recognize forms of knowledge that Enlightenment luminaries tended to neglect? Can the study of "peripheries" serve to uncover part of the period's epistemological instabilities and wealth of ontological possibilities, sometimes flattened as it becomes understood either as an Age of Reason or as an age of colonial exploitation?
Table of Contents:
Thematic Section:
0. Introduction: "Partial Enlightenments: Precedents & Possibilities for the 18th Century in Luso-Brazilian Studies," Bruno Carvalho
1."Um bosque nos trópicos: natureza e sociabilidade no Rio de Janeiro setecentista," Claudete Daflon
2."Os homens da boa pena e os manuscritos iluminados na Capitania de Minas Gerais no século XVIII," Márcia Almada
3."Discourse and Disaster: A Universal History of Lisbon's 1755 Earthquake," Estela Vieira
4. "Estrangeirados, Iluminismo, Enlightenment – uma revisitação de conceitos no contexto português," Onésimo T. Almeida
5. "Aleijadinho, the 'Baroque Hero' and Brazilian National Identity," Guiomar de Graummont
Non-thematic Section:
1. "As traições de Adolfo Caminha: Bom Crioulo e a 'crioulização' do naturalismo," David Bailey
2. "Tapia's Póstumo el Transmigrado: A Pre-Incarnation of Brás Cubas," John Maddox

PLCS 30. Spring 2017
Other Africas: Visual Culture Across Lusophone Borders
Edited by Christopher Larkosh, Mario Pereira, and Memory Holloway.
Full peer-reviewed text ready for typesetting: July 1, 2017. Three articles for thematic section in hand.
Tentative Abstract from the Call for Papers . Volume 30 of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) focuses on the visual and material culture of Lusophone Africa from the pre-colonial period to the contemporary moment. With issues already dedicated to the literatures, cultures and other expressive traditions of Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde, this upcoming issue will allow us to revisit cultural production in general and visual and material culture in particular in these three countries and in São Tomé and Príncipe and Guinea-Bissau, as well as local areas, cross-border regions, political systems and historical periods that do not belong to neat categories and spaces where Portuguese enjoys official status. The study of visual and material culture complicates current understandings of Africa that are based on colonial and post-independence national borders, and the view that linguistic identity is at the heart of national identity.

PLCS 31. Fall 2017
Luso-American Literatures and Cultures Today
Edited by Christopher Larkosh and invited scholar(s)
Proposed topic/guest editor(s) currently under consideration by PLCS Editorial Board. Full peer-reviewed text ready for typesetting on November 13, 2017.
Tentative abstract . While recent literary anthologies and other social-science edited collections address a number of gaps in research on the Portuguese diaspora in the US, there is still a need for scholarship that that can bridge the gap between academia and the local community and that can provide new and practicable models for Portuguese- and Luso-American cultural identity in the 21st century. The proposed issue of PLCS will focus on contemporary Portuguese-American cultural manifestations, both in New England, in the Ironbound district, in the San Joaquin valley and elsewhere in California, in Hawaii, and in Canada.